Visiting the Iao Needle was something I've been wanting to do for the longest time, but it was only last year that this dream came to fruition. I was home in O'ahu for the holidays, so Kepi and I decided to visit the island of Maui for two days. Of course, two days weren't enough, even a month is not even enough to explore or enjoy the beaches of Maui. Maui is so beautiful and has so many things to offer. From beautiful beaches, whale watching, picturesque volcano and breathtaking scenery. You name it, Maui's got it.
So here starts my adventure to see the Iao Needle...
It was a rainy start, but it soon cleared out as the day progressed.
A tunnel in Maui.
A morning glimpse of the Pacific after the rain.
The view as we descended to the Iao Valley - the morning mist hasn't departed yet or will it ever.
Kuka'emoku measures at 2,250 feet and is the phallic stone of Kanaloa, Hawaiian god of the ocean. During the warfare period between the islands, this was used as a lookout for warriors
According to the park brochure, "Kuka'emoku is an erosional remnant. It is at the end of a ridge comprised of a denser dike stone. The softer rock around the dike stone was eroded by streams and waterfalls."
Here's a rest place near Kuka'emoku. A great place to relax while the cold mist blankets your whole being and lands kisses on your face
As we were driving away from Kuka'emoku, I happen to see this park at the base of the mountain so we decided to check it out.
From the park, you can watch the mist hover and disappear over the mountains. It was a dramatic scene how nature rules out here.
The park featured Korean, Japanese, Filipino and Chinese gardens.
And yes, Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero.
The Filipino house complete with a Koi pond.
A bust of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.
Flower and raindrops.